Sleepyhead And Future Exhibit Goes Here...
Future Exhibit Goes Here showcases Sleepyhead’s best penchants for noisy and naïve hooky guitar tunes and pure direct power pop. Fans of 90s indie guitar rock take note as this is the real deal from said era. It’s nerd punk for now people. Unavailable since the last decade of the 20th century, with all material initially released as the two albums Starduster and Communist Love Songs, Drawing Room honorably re-presents this re-mastered set to the universe.
There’s rock and roll mythology, and then there’s 90’s indie rock mythology... Unfortunately, stories about then NYC’s Sleepyhead are really neither. Michael Galinsky, Rachael McNally, and Chris O’Rourke, NYU students more into music than books, form a band, practice, release singles and an album on a non-descript independent label, tour, and then again practice, release another album, tour and play Lollapalooza’s second stage, and so on… Yeah, it is neither very glamorous nor salacious. It’s simply three individuals playing, recording, and releasing music, as that’s what lady destiny called them to do.
Born in 1988, Sleepyhead was certainly a band of the era, pre-internet, pre-cell phone, and fully dependent on Xeroxed zine culture and passed around hand-written knowledge on all things music. It was definitely slower times in terms of technology, but one that was still full of young adventurers eager to play music and see the world in a used van on their own terms. With things always rapidly evolving, some things will always stay near the same.
In a certain sense, it is through the driving culture provided with a used van that really allowed Sleepyhead to discover itself and thrive. Tours (on their own, with rad bands like Polvo, or even for lower-tiered Lollapalooza sets) helped hone the band’s vibe and distinctiveness. Many of these travels of Sleepyhead are the impetus for the stories told in Suki Hawley’s 1994 classic film, Half-Cocked, co-written by Hawley and Michael Galinsky. Additionally, by the time of this awesome visual documentation, Sleepyhead was at its initial apex in terms of sound and creativity with the results recorded on the two mid-90’s albums Starduster (1994) and Communist Love Songs (1996).
Presented as a deluxe set, Future Exhibit Goes Here contains completely re-mastered versions of both Starduster and Communist Love Songs, two albums that showcase Sleepyhead’s best penchants for noisy and naïve hooky guitar tunes and pure direct power pop. Additionally, this new set marks the first ever time release of Communist Love Songs on vinyl. Mastered by Josh Bonati and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the 2xLP of Future Exhibit Goes Here comes in a wide-spine sleeve accompanied by a 14 page 11x11“ booklet full of Michael Galinsky’s black and white photography and notes and ephemera from all members of Sleepyhead.